Northeast Indiana has been at the forefront of vehicle manufacturing for more than a century—a testament to the region’s ample resources, steady technical-talent pipeline and friendly business climate. Indiana is the No. 2 state in the U.S. for automotive production and produces 1.3 million trucks and cars each year, with a total manufacturing output of approximately $102 billion. The automotive manufacturing infrastructure in Northeast Indiana is unbeatable with 21 Tier 1 suppliers offering diverse product lines. Household names that have found success in the region include General Motors (which invested more than $23 billion in Northeast Indiana over the past decade), and Dana Corp., the global leader in drivetrain and e-propulsion systems.
With more than 200,000 top-tier university graduates within 200 miles and the FWCS Career Academy in Northeast Indiana (including 17 high schools with career and technical programs), businesses in the region have no shortage of options when sourcing talent for their teams. It’s no secret that automotive legacies are made in Northeast Indiana; in fact, some of the first cars and trucks came out of the region, such as the Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg.
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““Bluffton, Indiana, met all our requirements to support our complex manufacturing needs, increase our presence in the Midwest and align with General Motors’ preference to have their supply base close to their facilities. The Mayor’s office and the chamber were really helpful in any way they could support us. It’s great to have that personal relationship in a small community.” – Mark Ellerbrock, Plant Manager at Inteva Products.
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|THOR Industries||Recreational Vehicles and Travel Trailers|
|Dexter Axle||Axles for OEM, Trailers and Recreational Vehicles|
|Tenneco Automotive||Torque and Tie Rods, Couplings and Grease Seals|
|Dana Corp.||Axles, Seals and Other Motor Vehicle Parts|
|Creative Liquid Coatings||Injection Molded Auto Parts and Painting|
|REV Recreation Group||Recreational Vehicles and Travel Trailers|
|FCC||Clutch Assembly Manufacturer|
|Nishikawa Standard Co.||Rubber Seals and Trim|
Source: Development Counsellors International (DCI), 2021
|Occupation||2020 NEI Employment||2020 NEI Median Annual Wages||2020 National Median Annual Wages||NEI/US|
|Laborers and Freight, Stock and Material Movers||9,793||$28,633||$29,495||97.1%|
|General and Operations Managers||5,753||$85,323||$100,371||85.0%|
|Maintenance and Repair Workers, General||5,000||$43,428||$39,030||111.3%|
|Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products||4,271||$58,721||$59,510||98.7%|
|First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers||4,341||$57,296||$61,099||93.8%|
|Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers and Weighers||3,215||$39,531||$39,198||100.8%|
|Shipping, Receiving and Inventory Clerks||2,771||$34,040||$34,179||99.6%|
|Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders||2,315||$36,963||$32,136||115.0%|
|Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Brazers||3,319||$37,708||$42,335||89.1%|
Source: Emsi 2021